In a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday two Arizona rules that were implemented in an attempt to increase overall election security.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich celebrated the decision handed down by the court. “I am thankful the justices upheld states’ ability to pass and maintain commonsense election laws, at a time when our country needs it most.”

Originally, a lower court in San Francisco ruled against Arizona in Brnovich vs. Democratic National Committee, arguing the rules discriminated against minority voters..

The measures aim to limit the opportunity to commit voter fraud and strengthen the integrity of the state’s elections.

Specifically, one provision prevents the use of third-party ballot harvesting — a practice that allows political operatives and others to collect voters’ ballots and submit them to polling stations in large numbers.

The other policy requires election officials to throw out ballots cast in the wrong precincts. Supporters argue this measure prevents individuals from voting in multiple locations.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion for the case. He identified the added measures as “modest burdens.” But, the laws did not violate any constitutional provisions. Further, the group rejected the notion that the move creates a disproportionate burden on minority voters.

The move was celebrated by individuals across the state of Arizona.

AG Brnovich continued, “Big win for election integrity today. #SCOTUS justices ruled states have authority to pass and maintain laws that prevent voter fraud and safeguard election integrity, such as our protections regarding ballot harvesting and out-of-precinct voting here in Arizona.”

“Great decision out of the Supreme Court today upholding Arizona’s voting laws,” candidate for Attorney General Lacy Cooper added.

Many argue that the foundations laid in this ruling may be used in additional challenges to voting laws throughout the country.

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